By: Pat Salvas
HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth women’s lacrosse head coach Alex Frank has announced the 10 new players who will be added to the roster for the 2021 season.
Nine of those players are members of the Class of 2024, while one is a transfer student from Stanford and a ’22. The group represents five states as well as Washington, D.C., with Massachusetts leading the way with three.
Heavy in the midfield, this group has seven players who play a majority of their time there, while also adding a pair of attackers and one goalkeeper.
“We are very excited to welcome the freshmen class and Annika to Dartmouth,” Frank said. “Their passion for the school and the program is unmatched and we cannot wait to see what they are able to do on the field and in the classroom.”
The incoming players are as follows, listed by their jersey number:
No. 3 | Midfield
Marblehead, Mass. | St. Paul’s School
Before Dartmouth: A four-year member of the ski, soccer and lacrosse teams at St. Paul, serving as team captain for each in her final seasons… A decorated skier, she was a two-time New England Champion in the Giant Slalom as well as a multi-Lakes Region Champion… Was named a three-time New England Under Armour All-American… Selected to the US U-19 National Team as a sophomore… Named to Inside Lacrosse’s “On the Rise” list as both a junior and senior.
Why I chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth because of the vibrant community and opportunities that come with not only being a student, but also being an athlete. When looking at the school, the people at Dartmouth I talked to always had to best things to say. Additionally, not one person spoke of their experience in the same way, giving me the idea that anyone can make their own path out of all that Dartmouth has to offer.”
No. 5 | Midfield/Defense
Bethesda, Md. | Connelly School of the Holy Child
Before Dartmouth: A member of the cross country, track & field, basketball and lacrosse teams during her high school years… Named a team captain of cross country, basketball and lacrosse as a senior… Earned Team MVP across all of her teams six times in high school… Her father Tom Lynch ’93 was a member of the Dartmouth football team, serving as team captain as a senior.
Why I chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth because of its outstanding academic and athletic programs, beautiful campus and, most importantly, its close-knit community. I am so grateful to be surrounded by such amazing students, faculty and coaches that will push me to be the best I can be. Dartmouth has so much to offer and I cannot wait to see what these next four years will bring!”
No. 7 | Midfield
Scarsdale, N.Y. | Scarsdale
Before Dartmouth: Played field hockey and lacrosse and ran track & field during high school, serving as the captain of the varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams as a senior…Led her team to a regional title and a state title game appearance in 2016…An accomplished runner, she won multiple sectional and regional titles in the 600m and 300m, respectively, and owns several school events records… In lacrosse, she was named the team’s midfield MVP multiple times, while being named all-league as a sophomore and junior… She was also a decorated field hockey player, earning multiple team and league honors.
Why I chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth because of the amazing sense of community that’s here. Everyone is so welcoming and nice. Personally, (I’m biased) it’s the best combination of academics and athletics that you are going to find. If you’re debating on choosing Dartmouth, you should 1,000,000,000% choose it!”
No. 14 | Midfield
Wilbraham, Mass. | Minnechaug Regional High School
Before Dartmouth: The second Mastrio sister to come through Hanover, her older sister Elizabeth ’19 was a decorated member of the team from 2015-19 and appears throughout the program’s record book… A three-time All-Western Mass Division I First Team selection in lacrosse… Also garnered similar distinctions for both field hockey as well as indoor track… Served as team captain for both field hockey and track as a senior before her spring lacrosse season was cancelled due to COVID-19…Was the 2019 Massachusetts Division III State Champion in the 55m.
Why I chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth because the lacrosse team here truly feels like a family away from home. I know that my teammates and coaches will always push me to be my best athlete on the field and the best version of myself off the field and in the classroom. Dartmouth is a special place where I don’t have to limit myself as a student because I also play lacrosse; here you can be the full embodiment of a student-athlete.”
No. 16 | Midfield
Natick, Mass. | Natick
Before Dartmouth: A four-year member of the field hockey and lacrosse teams at Natick High School… Was a two-time Bay State Conference First Team All-Star in lacrosse and field hockey…Served as a team captain in both sports as a senior, while also handling captain duties in lacrosse as a junior…In her junior season of lacrosse, Norchi was tabbed as a Eastern Massachusetts (EMGLCA) D1 All Star… Served as her class vice president all four years of high school… Is a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland.
Why I chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth not only for its renowned academics, but also for its strong sense of community that makes it such a special place. The camaraderie of the team is felt instantly, making the program such a welcoming and loving environment. There are endless support systems and amazing opportunities offered. And of course, the beautiful location can’t be beat!”
No. 20 | Attack/Midfield
Washington, D.C. | Connelly School of the Holy Child
Before Dartmouth: A four-year member of the field hockey and lacrosse teams… Served as the captain of both teams during her senior season… Was an All-ISL player three times in high school… Two of her older sisters are also Division I women’s lacrosse players, joining Mary Clare at Virginia Tech and Mercy at Delaware.
Why I chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth because of the instant feeling of belonging that I experienced as I stepped onto campus for the first time in high school. The community of people, their kindness, and their genuine altruism are just a few describing factors of what helped me make my decision to come here. I love being surrounded by such a support system, specifically the women’s lacrosse team. They have made Dartmouth such a welcoming environment and home.”
No. 22 | Attack
South Salem, N.Y. | Loomis Chaffee School
Before Dartmouth: A two-sport athlete at Dartmouth as she is a member of the women’s hockey team as well as lacrosse… Played lacrosse under former Dartmouth player and coach Julie Wadland ’10 at Loomis Chaffee… Was part of a team that won three Founders League titles in lacrosse and four in hockey… A two-time team MVP in lacrosse, earning the distinction as a sophomore and a junior… In the latter of those two seasons, she earned All-America honors… Loomis Chaffee Outstanding Female Athlete Award 2019, 2020.
Why I chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth not only for the great athletic and academic opportunities, but also the known community that enables people to grow as individuals while creating a fun and welcoming environment. I am so excited for the next four years at Dartmouth as I pursue my academic and athletic goals and become part of this community.”
No. 24 | Midfield
Hunting Valley, Ohio | Hathaway Brown School
Before Dartmouth: A member of the tennis and lacrosse teams at Hathaway, serving as team captain for lacrosse as both a junior and senior… A two-time OHSAA First Team Division II All-State player in both lacrosse and tennis… A two-time first-team all-region and one-time second-team player in lacrosse… Earned lacrosse academic All-America honors as a junior… Won several high-level Ohio girls tennis doubles titles…Her father Tony Godsick ’93 was a four-year member of the football team and was classmates with Meghan Lynch’s father Tony. He is also a current member of the Dartmouth Athletics Advisory Board… Mother is Mary Joe Fernandez, a former professional tennis player who has a pair of Olympic Gold Medals (1992, ’96) in women’s doubles and a bronze (1992) in women’s singles, alongside two doubles Grand Slam titles (1991 Australian Open, 1996 French Open).
Why I chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth for many reasons including its unparalleled academic reputation and focus on the undergraduate experience, its reputation of having an incredibly strong lacrosse program, its beautiful campus and the diverse and spirited student body. No other school in the country is able to combine all these attributes into one academic environment. I was also looking for an institution that I would not just attend for four years but for a lifetime as the Dartmouth Alumni network is considered one of the most powerful families in higher education!“
No. 33 | Goalkeeper
Chatham, N.J. | Chatham
Before Dartmouth: A four-year lacrosse player at Chatham, serving as a team captain for her 2020 senior season… Her junior season of 2019 saw her earn First-Team All-Morris County and First Team All-Stars and Stripes… Additionally, she was tabbed as an Academic All-American in 2019… Her sister Tessa Luzi is a member of the Lafayette women’s lacrosse team… A member of the National Honor Society.
Why I chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth because of the amazing community. Every alumnus I have talked to has had nothing but good things to say and everyone at this school has so much pride and support for one another. As soon as I stepped on campus it became an obvious choice for me and I can’t wait to continue my journey here!”
No. 40 | Midfield/Draw
Morristown, N.J. | Stanford (NCAA) | Morristown (HS)
Before Dartmouth: Comes to Hanover from Stanford, appearing in 10 games as a freshman in 2019… Finished season with one goal and 10 draw controls…First career goal and three draw controls in win over UC Davis… A Two-time US Lacrosse High School All-American and all-state player (2017, 2018)…Was a two-time captain of Morristown, where she was named team MVP three times…Finished high school with more than 200 career goals, while also a setting single-season program record of 138 draw controls as a senior in 2018… Her sister Linnea Begley is a member of the Cornell women’s lacrosse team, part of the Class of 2021… Her brother Brian was an All-American lacrosse player at Loyola University Maryland and her mother was an All-American swimmer at Georgia.
Why I chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth to engage in world-class and undergraduate-focused learning, to compete in the rivalrous Ivy League, and to be part of a tight-knit community that fosters camaraderie, tradition and togetherness.“